LEPHALALE – The man who sat on the corner of Fox Odendaal and OR Tambo road opposite ABSA for a while now and who gathered a collection of waste material, was removed on Thursday 24 January and the area cleaned up in a joint operation between the Lephalale Municipality’s traffic department and the Lephalale police.
Members of the community policing forum (CPF) complained during the CPF meeting held last Thursday, that during the festive season, even raw meat lay there for days (and was possibly sold) and Thys Eloff, CPF chairman, requested that the municipality please do something about the unhygienic and unlawful situation.
Rotten food, old shoes, dirty water and cans of oil are just a few of the items that were hoarded there. It also defaced the whole area.
According to Adjunct Officer Frans Mokoena, Lephalale police spokesperson, the man is apparently a resident of Abbotspoort and the police were present in support of the municipality.
The municipal traffic officer at the scene insisted that everything was removed because, according to him, if even a pillow was left behind the man would maybe return and start to live there again.
The man was irate with the people who threw his rubbish into the rubbish truck and became so aggressive that a few police officers had to restrain and handcuff him.
The traffic officer told Mogol Post they would ask the fire department to come and spray the area to clean it and that it was unacceptable that it was allowed to go on for so long.
Eloff said it was pleasing to hear that the community’s voice was heard and that action was taken against those who break the law.
Mokoena confirmed that the man was taken to hospital for treatment as he ate rotten food and lived in very unhealthy conditions.
(In order to preserve his dignity, the persons’ identity is withheld — Ed)